Torrential rain overnight has meant that a number of flood alerts and one warning has been issued by the Environment Agency. A Met Office warning for rain remains in place across most of Cumbria today and is due to last until 6pm this evening (September 20).
It covers large areas of Lancashire and Cumbria and Met Office forecasters warn that flooding is ‘likely’ in some parts of our region. The yellow warning came into force at 6am yesterday (September 19) and lasts until 6pm today (September 20).
In Cumbria, most of the county is included with the exception of Barrow-in-Furness, parts of Millom, Whitehaven, Silloth and Carlisle. The whole of the Lake District as well as Kendal, Arnislde, Silverdale and Grange over Sands is covered by the Met Office warning.
It states: “Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, will affect many parts of the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday. The heaviest and most persistent rainfall during this period is expected to affect the high ground of northwest England, northwest Wales and south Wales.
“Over the course of this 36 hours in these areas, 50-100 mm of rainfall is likely to accumulate widely, with as much as 150-200 mm in some locations.”
A flood alert indicates that an area should prepare, including making defences, preparing a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents, and staying up to date with the latest flood alerts.
Here are the latest flood alerts and warnings issued for Cumbria:
Flood warning for Keswick Campsite
This means that flooding is expected and those in the area are supposed to act now. Environment Agency Flood Warning Officers set the river or tidal levels that have triggered this message. During industrial action this message has been automatically issued based on rising river or tidal levels.
Flood warning area: Keswick Campsite flooding from the lake.
Flood alert for Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster
Flood alert area: Rivers Brathay, Rothay and Winster and other watercourses, from Grasmere to Grange-over-Sands including low lying areas around Ambleside, Skelwith Bridge, Windermere, Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Cark and Cartmel.
Flood alert for Rivers Caldew and Petteril
Areas most at risk include Rivers Caldew and Petteril from the Lakeland Fells to Carlisle including Greystoke, Newton Reigny, Plumpton, Stockdalewath, Sebergham and Denton Holme in Carlisle.
Further rainfall is forecast throughout the morning.
Flood alert for Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck
Flood alert area: Rivers Duddon, Crake and Mill Beck and other watercourses, from Coniston to Barrow-in-Furness including low lying areas around Ulpha, Duddon Bridge, Broughton in Furness, Kirkby-in-Furness, Dalton in Furness and Ulverston.
Flood alert for Rivers Greta, St Johns Beck and Bassenthwaite Lake
Flood alert area: River Derwent from Keswick to Bassenthwaite. The Rivers Greta, Glenderamackin and St Johns Beck including Keswick.
Flood alert for Rivers Kent and Bela
Areas most at risk include Rivers Kent and Bela and other watercourses, from Kentmere to Silverdale including low lying areas around Staveley, Burneside, Kendal, Milnthorpe and Beetham. Flooding is possible at Rivers Kent and Bela and other watercourses, from Kentmere to Silverdale including low lying areas around Staveley, Burneside, Kendal, Milnthorpe and Beetham.
Flood alert for Rivers Lowther and Eamont
Flood alert area: Rivers Eamont and Lowther to their confluence with the River Eden at Langwathby.
Flood alert for Upper River Aire catchment
Flood alert area: River Aire from Gargrave to Stockbridge, including Eshton Beck, Eller Beck and Silsden Beck.
Flood alert for Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water
Flood alert area: The Upper Derwent from Seathwaite to Derwent Water.